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Sutter pursuit ends in deadly crash

A Sacramento man suspected of transporting narcotics died early Tuesday while being pursued by a deputy, Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker said.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday night identified the dead man as Shaun M. Caporusso, 27.

He was charged last month with two drug-related felonies, according to the Sacramento County Superior Court Web site, and was due back in court Feb. 9.



Deputy Doug Hadley’s foot was run over by the man’s car as the pursuit began, Parker said.

According to Parker, the incident began at 1:54 a.m. when Hadley, who was on routine patrol, saw the suspect speeding north on Pleasant Grove Road and caught up to him at Nicolaus Avenue.




After Caporusso pulled over, Hadley noticed he had what appeared to be a large bag of a white powdery substance.

Caporusso got out of the car, tossed the bag into a field and began fighting with Hadley, who did not draw his handgun.

Caporusso broke free and jumped in his car. Hadley reached through the driver’s window and tried to restrain him as the car began moving.

Hadley hung onto the side of the car for about 50 yards before dropping off. Caporusso drove north on Pleasant Grove Road at speeds up to 120 mph with Hadley in pursuit.

Hadley slowed down as he approached Wheatland Road. Caporusso did not slow down and drove into an orchard, where his car rolled several times and he was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hadley did not require surgery on his foot. He also suffered scrapes to his knees and elbows, Parker said.

Caporusso was the second man in four months to die while being pursued by a Sutter County deputy.

On Oct. 4, 26-year-old Jason Jahan Mahmoudi of Yuba City crashed his motorcycle into a tree at South George Washington Boulevard and Highway 113 after a deputy saw him speeding and running stop signs.

The crash occurred after the deputy lost sight of Mahmoudi, who was riding a Yamaha RI motorcycle capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph.

Rob Young is a staff writer for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.


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